The sighting of this beauty in our garden brought back my school day memories. The Golden Beetle or "Ponn Vandu" in Tamil, is a beautifully attractive insect. As school kids, we used to flock to the "kodukapuli" (Pithecellobium dulce ) tree to catch one of these golden bugs. We used to keep the catch in a Horlicks bottle with a perforated cap or in cardboard boxes with some broken branches and leaves from the 'kodukapuli' tree. Sometimes it was carried to the school in a Match box to showoff to friends.The head resembled a warrior's armor and it can hurt your finger with a snap of its neck. Truly a regal insect !